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ISBN: 1922079405

ISBN13: 9781922079404

The Getting of Wisdom

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The Getting of Wisdom Henry Handel Richardson Laura Rambotham, clever, precocious but na?ve, leaves her home in the country for boarding school in turn-of-the-century Melbourne. She wants to fit in,... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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An Australian Rebel

I remember reading this book as a teenager, and thinking, "Yes, I understand!" every time the heroine, Laura, found herself at odds with the relentless conformity of school society. Set at a turn-of-the-century boarding school in Melbourne, Australia, "the Getting of Wisdom" is a classic tale of a girl who thinks for herself and, thus, is forever out of step with both her society and her classmates. Laura tries desperately to fit in, but never quite does. Still, in the end, the reader is sure that Laura will be the one to soar high in life -- not her more conventional peers. As Richardson says, "She could not know then, even for the squarest peg, the right hole may ultimately be found; seeming unfitness prove to be only another aspect of a peculiar and special fitness." Almost 100 years old, the book's message is still fresh today, which is why Richardson is considered one of Australia's greatest novelists.
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